What to juice – All About Juicing

 

Juicing is pretty intense.

I put a lot into it every week:

selecting the ingredients, cutting, washing, sorting, storing, then the actual juicing. But, it doesn’t have to be all that daunting.

What I Buy

Every week, I buy:

1 bunch of kale

1 bunch of bok choy or collard greens

1 bag of brussels sprouts

5 small beets (with or without the greens)

2 bunches of celery

2 pounds of carrots

sometimes ginger

1 bag of red apples

1 bag of green apples

5 small grapefruit

Preparing to Juice

On Saturday or Sunday, I cut, wash, and separate all the ingredients except the apples and grapefruit. Those I wash and cut the night of the juicing. I have a washtub that I keep in the fridge that holds 5 bags of prepared juice veggies…

The above weekly ingredients will make about 5 bags for juicing.

There will be about 3 or 4 carrots, 4 or 5 celery stalks, one small beet, small handful of kale, bok choy, and / or collard greens, 3 to 5 brussels sprouts, very small amount of ginger in each bag.

I use as much of the stalks as possible.

I use organic as much as possible – especially the kale, celery, carrots, and apples. Those absorb the most bad stuff when not organic.

I don’t really peel anything, except the beets.

The Night of the JUICING…

So, while I’m fixing dinner…I core the apples and peel the grapefruit. I get out the bag that was prepared over the weekend, and I juice away. It makes about 20 ounces – which I split with my husband.

I drink mine with a straw -  Dennis just guzzles. He literally downs it with one big gulp!

I also add diatomaceous earth and chia seeds. Again…that is for another post – but I love these two products!

Juicing is sometimes daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be overly time consuming or challenging.

I still eat a little dinner – but not nearly as much. I try to drink the juice first…on an empty stomach. And really, after drinking 8-10 ounces of juice, I’m not that hungry. There just isn’t room for all those calories…I mean greasy meat and fatty pasta…I mean other food.

Of course juicing is just one option for a healthy diet.  For most people, just eating a well-balanced diet is enough to maintain optimum health.  Be sure to join our Clean Eating Challenge!

 

 

 

Earth Day should be every day

I’ve been seeing a lot about Earth Day…and just saying, but everyday should be about taking care of yourself and taking care of the planet. My husband, Dennis, and I juice fairly regularly. We go through bursts of every night…then, baseball, soccer, school, crying kids, late nights at the park…get in the way. So – mostly, we juice 3 – 5 times per week. I’ll post our tried and true recipe in a bit, but first:

My older daughter, 17, juices with us – especially during cross country and track season. She doesn’t mind the juice at all, it’s just a matter of getting her home to eat dinner with us so she CAN drink  the juice.

My son, 12, pretty much refuses to drink it. He’ll try occasionally. Usually, if he’s had stomach problems from sneaking too much junk or chocolate (yes, chocolate is NOT junk…it’s just chocolate).  Anyway, my daughter got so frustrated with him on night, she yelled, “Come ON!  Drink the juice! Mom and Dad are going to live to be 150 years old…and I’m not going to be the only one left to take care of them! Drink. The. Juice!”   He drank about 6 ounces. We were happy.

So, yes…take care of the Earth. Take care of yourself. We are the same matter that’s been around on this planet for 4.6 billion years. Nothing new is actually created – it just gets shuffled around.

We are the beets, rocks, stardust, and kale.

New information from NPR

 

Check out the new video posted on my blog… the Human Body and all the bacteria that lives in it.  It’s pretty amazing. Also – I am excited to be back on track with #juicing #healthyeating #low-gluten (still trying for #gluten-free….one day!)

Plus – finally, real doctors and real reports are saying that fungus does play a role in weight gain and weight loss. Very interesting find!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/health/studies-focus-on-gut-bacteria-in-weight-loss.html?smid=pl-share

 

This is exciting!

 

I’m really excited to be able to share my passion with people. I am even more excited that there are so many options to get that information to so many people. Today, I have been researching more about addictions and how they affect our lives. I was / am addicted to sugar. It’s like any addiction: alcohol, drugs, gambling…I think once you are addicted to “it”, you will always have that addiction. We just stop being junkies. I love sugar – and I can’t stop with just one taste.

Dennis used to smoke, and it would drive him crazy that I could stop at just one cigarette.  That’s called a chipper…and I really could do with or without a smoke. I liked to smoke when I was drinking, or relaxing on the patio – but would never smoke around my kids. The experts say that this form of smoking is different because I was addicted to smoking, not to nicotine. INTERESTING!

http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20213458,00.html

So….I have dealt with hypoglycemia and the effects it had on my life: sleep cycles, mood swings, cravings, relationships, parenting behaviors, hunger, thirst, anger management…

Interesting how it’s all related: blood sugar, mood, hunger, sleep, cravings. All related to glucose, food, and over-all health.

The way Dennis stopped smoking was to research the chemical affect it had on his body and brain. His brain was tricking him. He didn’t like that. He was able to quit cold turkey on 1-11-11. He, I’m sure, will talk about it on his blog one day – and I will cross post that, but the fact is that his first time to try quitting, he did it! It was really, really hard for him (and his family) to live through that detox. But, we all have our addictions. Will I be able to eventually get sugar and processed carbs out of my life? I hope so. But, for now – I’m still taking my #plexusslim everyday. I need that boost to get me through. It has helped with cravings and my blood sugar levels. I’m hoping that one day I can say, “Hey, I’ve been a full month without chocolate and tortillas.” Day. By. Day.